A godown in Mumbai city was raided on 23rd March by Mumbai police and 25 lakh medical masks that collectively cost around Rs 15 crore were seized.
These masks were being hoarded illegally. As per the invocation of Essential Commodities Act by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, essential goods cannot be hoarded.
As per a report by the Times of India, these masks, after seizure, have been stored at the Andheri Sports Complex. The report further states that these masks will be distributed among nurses and health carers across Pune and Mumbai. Vishwas Shankarrao, Zone 7’s Deputy Police Commissioner, was quoted in the report stating that all 600,000 collected masks shall be distributed to all hospitals operating under BMC. The remaining masks will be transported to Pune’s Haffkine Institute.
Out of the total number of masks, around 100,00 were of N-95 type and the remaining were 3-ply masks.
Mumbai police states that these masks were being hoarded allegedly by the father of an individual who is only identified with the name Mihir.
Meanwhile, as per reports, police of Vile Parle police station also raided and seized a godown hoarding 400,000 masks that collectively valued 1 crore Indian rupees.